| Darren Warth is owner of Smokey D’s restaurants in Des Moines, Iowa. He is an avid promoter of pork products and sells thousands of pounds of delicious pork entrees at his three Smokey D’s locations in Des Moines. His goal is to offer diners good food at a reasonable cost, and to serve it quickly and efficiently. In addition to running the restaurants, Warth is also a devoted barbecue competitor. He travels all over the country and has participated in more than 30 barbecue competitions this year alone. More often than not, you’ll find his name among the top...
| Gary H. Baise is an Illinois farmer and trial attorney at the law firm Olsson Frank Weeda Terman Matz PC, specializing in agricultural and environmental issues in state and federal court. He also serves as outside General Counsel for the U.S. Grains Council, Agricultural Retailers Association, National Association of Wheat Growers, National Sorghum Producers and counsel to the American Soybean Association. Baise is actively involved in a number of agricultural associations, including the Farm Foundation. He also formerly served on the USDA's Agricultural Air Quality Task Force. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from Western Illinois University and...
| Health insurance policies and options are changing, and as a business owner, we know how important it is for you to be informed of these changes. Sarah O’Leary, CEO and founder of ExHale Health, will address topics related to health insurance in this new blog. ExHale Health helps consumers across the country successfully manage their health insurance and healthcare provider relationships. The company’s mission is to save consumers time and money on their healthcare through policy/plan selection, claim filing and tracking, reimbursements, insurance-plan transitions and more. O’Leary is a successful businesswoman, published author and healthcare advocate. She also is...
| Agriculture Future of America is a leader development organization for college students and young professionals in agriculture, providing scholarships, career opportunities and professional development training. Emma Likens, a junior studying agricultural journalism at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, is the marketing and communications intern and also serves as an AFA Campus Ambassador.
| JoAnn Alumbaugh grew up on a diversified farm in Michigan, and has been involved in many different facets of the industry. She joined PorkNetwork as Editor and Brand Champion on January 2013 and is anxious to engage in conversation with producers, educators, consultants and agri-business personnel.
| Darrell Anderson was raised on a livestock farm in southern Minnesota and graduated from South Dakota State University, where he was a member of the SDSU Livestock, Meats and Wool Judging Teams. Anderson served as executive secretary of the American Yorkshire Club before being selected as the first CEO of the National Swine Registry, a position he held for 17 years. He has served in numerous leadership positions and has received countless awards.
| Emily Meredith serves as the Communications Director for the Alliance and manages all aspects of the communications strategy. She is responsible for the Issues Management Committee and coordinating effective responses to the issues of the industry.
| I am a farm wife and stay-at-home mom in central Iowa. My husband, Bart, and I have been married almost seven years, and we have two young sons. Adam is 4 and 1/2 years old and Isaac is 2 years old. While I focus my efforts on raising the boys, Bart raises turkeys – more than 100,000 annually. In my free time, I love taking on creative endeavors including (but not limited to) home renovation, digital scrapbooking, graphic design, photography, writing, crafting, blogging and repurposing old junk into new home and garden décor. I have been blogging about...
| Paul Meers has 40-plus years of active involvement in the pork Industry, encompassing nearly every phase of this dynamic business.
| Allison Zabel is a senior at Iowa State University, majoring in Agricultural Studies with a minor in Animal Science. She is originally from Tekamah, Neb., where she grew up on a small acreage with a few horses. Although Zabel doesn’t have a background in pork production, she will be working for Pipestone Veterinary Clinic, headquartered in Minnesota, when she graduates. She will be working in China, but first will train in the United States for six months.
| Dr. Janeal Yancey a meat science program technician in the animal science department at the University of Arkansas. She attended Texas Tech as an undergraduate, where she studied animal science and was a member of the collegiate meats judging team. She then completed a Masters degree in meat science at Kansas State while coaching the meats judging team, and followed that with a Ph.D in meat science. In her blog called, “Mom at the Meat Counter,” she connects with non-farm moms to answer questions and help them feel more comfortable about the food they buy. She and her husband...
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